September 2019
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information on the TRAM Annual Conference, the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, MSHA Part 48 Instructor Training and more. 

15th Annual Miners Union Day in Philipsburg, Montana

Miners Union Day Picnic and Competition

On September 7, 2019, miners traveled to Philipsburg, MT to celebrate the 15th Annual Miners Union Day Picnic and Competition. The day of celebration honors the history and hard work of miners in Montana. Teams and individual participants gathered for a day of competition and fun with their fellow miners and families.

What a great way to celebrate the mining community! We look forward to the 16th annual event.
TRAM Annual Conference

The Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Annual Conference is set for October 15-17 at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia. This year's theme is, "Expand Your Reach - Knowledge is Your Superpower."

Participants will attend presentations by some of the industry's most-respected safety trainers and a variety of workshops. They'll also have the opportunity to improve training skills, plus much more!  Click here to register.
Conference Agenda Posted

The 2019 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference agenda has been posted! Participants can look forward to keynote speakers from the health and safety industry, sessions taught by safety professionals and an array of exciting exhibitors and sponsors. 

Register for this year's event in Birmingham Alabama, on November 4-7 and click here to view the full agenda.

We are still in need of silent auction baskets! Any mining operation, contractor, safety, health or environmental company interested in donating can contact Karen Miller at (850) 201-7689 or
MSHA Part 48 Instructor Training (Train-the-Trainer)

A prerequisite course to become a MSHA-approved instructor is now being offered! The class will take place Sept. 24-26 at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana, FL. Topics include:
  • 46/48 training requirements
  • Adult learning principles
  • Lesson planning
  • Presentation skills
  • Evaluation 
  • Preparation for 15-minute presentations
  • Final presentation assistance
For class requirements and more information click here.
Sam's Corner

"The upcoming Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is an excellent resource available through the work of many volunteers from the mining community. MSHA will be there hoping to see many mine operators, contractors and miners present."  For more information on the conference and registration, click here.

"We continue to emphasize powered haulage and seat belt usage. This also includes conveyor safety." For key safety practices and resources pertaining to this issue,  click here.

Sam Pierce is the District Manager of MSHA's Southeastern District.

The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and mining contractors with their health and safety training. For more than 30 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), whose mission is to prevent death, disease and injuries in the mining industry. This is done through a variety of training courses, conferences and informational seminars offered by FMSP. These courses highlight proper emergency evacuation plans, health and safety standards and more. FMSP diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Florida metal and nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained to take precautionary measures. Through a collaborative effort, FMSP and MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.

This material was produced under grant number MSHA 2018-1 and MSHA 2019-1 from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.
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